Thank you to those who have contacted me about the increase in the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Fee.
Independent regulators like the HCPC do important work, helping to protect the public and ensure high levels of service and professionalism.
I understand that the proposals put forward by HCPC would increase renewal fees from £90 per year to £106 per year (on the basis that that payment is only taken once every two years). While this does represent an increase of 18 per cent, the fee remains the lowest among all regulators of health and care professionals overseen by the Professional Standards Authority.
The increase has been precipitated by a number of factors including; the need to reduce the likelihood of fitness to practice cases through earlier engagement; keeping pace with the cost of inflation; and offsetting the impact of the establishment of Social Workers England in 2019 and the subsequent decrease in subscribers. HCPC has also taken steps to reduce their internal costs in response to these changes.
Although I recognise that any increase in subscription can have an impact on the individuals required to pay for membership in order to work, the importance of an independent regulator in this sector cannot be underestimated, and helps to protect workers as well as the British public. These fees are tax deductible, and the fee rise will amount to just over £1 a month extra for most of HCPC's registrants.